Spirit, Transformation, Adventure, Reflection

Welcome! Since 2009, STAR has been bringing new religious education programs to First Parish Arlington. STAR programs help adults learn more about Unitarian Universalism, deepen our spiritual exploration, and discover new ways to come together in community. STAR also offers interested First Parishioners an opportunity to teach, explore and share their passions with one another. 

Please consider joining us as a facilitator, a participant, or both! If you would like to propose doing a STAR program, please email star @

Read the Weekly e-Bulletin for more details on these programs and for more information on late-developing (but equally inspiring) new offerings.


Upcoming Events


God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty: Experiencing Islam through the Visual, Auditory, and Literary Arts

Monday, May 1 ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Bailey

A STAR Adult Education Program with Ali Asani, Harvard Professor of Indo-Muslim Religions and Cultures. Muslim history and cultures are full of beautiful artwork, including architecture, gardens, calligraphy, tilework, music, and poetry. Indeed, many Muslim people have considered creating and appreciating beauty an important part of their religion and spirituality. In the often-quoted words of the prophet Muhammad, "God is beautiful and loves beauty.” 

Professor Ali Asani will share with us some of this rich heritage and the role of art in Mulsim history and spirituality. Free event, all are welcome, so invite your friends!

Questions? Email star @

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Contemplating Poetry

Third Monday of Each Month
Monday, May 15  7:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Damon

"People turn to poems for some kind of illumination, for revelations that help them to survive, to survive in spirit not only in body."
~ Denise Levertov

This gathering uses a "listening to, responding to, and resting with" practice of experiencing poetry. The focus will be our own internal responses so don't worry about "getting poetry" (or not) -- just come and listen for what resonates…maybe illuminates. Open to all. Questions? Email Lynne at lbjacoby @

aging well

Aging Well Within Our Community

Thursday, May 25 ♦ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Parlor 

Aging Well in Our Community is an open women's group for women over 50 that meets monthly on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am - noon. If you would like more information or will be attending Aging Well for the first time, please contact Kit Hayes at 781-648-0373 or kithayes5 @ Please also visit our web page, where you'll find a sampling of past programs that will give you a sense of the group.

Meeting dates for 2016-2017: 5/25, and 6/22

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

Tuesdays ♦ 7:00 am - 8:00 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays ♦ 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the Parlor

Lectio Divina is a method of reading and listening, lingering with, and sharing personal responses to selected biblical or other texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new insights and help us grow in our spiritual lives and set intentions for our daily lives. Drop-ins are always welcome!

Click here to visit the STAR page of the web site.

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Sacred Circle Dance: Spring Schedule

Monthly April - June ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Bailey

Simple steps are set to folk music, classical and contemporary music. All steps are taught – no experience or partner needed. Wear soft shoes or none. Come to connect with yourself, each other and have fun!

A STAR adult education program, Sacred Circle Dance has a meditative focus. Some dances are celebratory and some playful. They are simple, and all dances are taught before the music plays and the dance begins. Inez has been part of the liturgical dance company "CREDO" since 1980. She discovered folk dancing in the early 90s, and quite by chance encountered Sacred Circle Dance in 2013 at a retreat. It was love at first dance. Within a few months she traveled to Scotland to attend a teacher training at Findhorn, where Sacred Circle Dance was started by German Dance Master Bernhard Wosien in 1976. For more information contact Inez Folsom at 978-758-3791 or ifolsom22 @

Dates: April 17, May 22 and June 19


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